BERKELEY HEIGHTS—Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts (WIPA) announced today that it will present a “How to Practice” Workshop on Friday, October 12 at 7:00 p.m. at 60 Locust Avenue in Berkeley Heights. New Jersey Symphony Orchestra violinist Naomi Youngstein gives tips, insights, and best strategies for practicing in a workshop for students in grades four or higher or with at least three years playing experience. The workshop is free and open to the public. Students are encouraged to bring their instrument and a prepared piece of music.

Says Director of Education Andrew Nitkin, “We hope that by offering this workshop in partnership with a member of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, as well as other similar events and concerts throughout the 2018-2019 season, we are providing the highest quality performing arts education to our community.”

A native of Westchester County, New York, violinist Naomi Youngstein attended the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division and later received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in violin performance from the school. As a student of Burton Kaplan, Youngstein won the school’s concerto competition and the Ravel Academie competition, for which she was awarded a trip to France to attend master classes at the Ravel Academie. While a student at the Manhattan School, she performed with the school’s orchestra (as concertmaster) and the Manhattan Contemporary Ensemble. Youngstein attended the National Repertory Orchestra festival for two seasons; in her second season with the ensemble, she was assistant concertmaster and performed a concerto with the orchestra.

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Youngstein is assistant personnel manager of the NJSO. She is a mentor and teacher in the NJSO Coach-in-Residence Program, serves as leader of the NJSO Youth Orchestras' Violin Ensemble and is a coach for the NJSO Youth Orchestras' Academy Orchestra.

She has taught at the Thurnauer School of Music of the Jewish Community Center in Tenafly and at Rutgers Prep School; she has coached for the New Jersey Youth Symphony. For three years she has been a chamber music coach at the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) summer Chamber Music Institute, and she is the current treasurer of ASTA NJ. She teaches violin privately at her home studio and is a member of the Amaryllis Ensemble.

Youngstein and her husband, attorney Evans Wohlforth, live in West Orange with their children Samuel and Mollie.

The Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts’ mission is to provide the highest quality performing arts education to a wide range of students in a supportive and inclusive environment, where striving for personal excellence inspires and connects those we teach to the communities we serve.

Wharton is New Jersey’s largest independent non-profit community performing arts education center serving over 1,400 students through a range of classes and ensembles including the 14 ensembles of the New Jersey Youth Symphony, which serve 500 students in grades 3 - 12. Beginning with Early Childhood music classes for infants and toddlers, WIPA offers private lessons, group classes and ensembles for all ages and all abilities. We believe in the positive and unifying influence of music and the performing arts and believe that arts education should be accessible to all people regardless of their ability to pay. We teach all instruments and voice and have a robust musical theatre program.

Based in Paterson, New Jersey, the Paterson Music Project (PMP) is an El Sistema-inspired program of the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts that uses music as a vehicle for social change by empowering and inspiring children through the community experience of ensemble learning and playing. PMP provides intensive, low-tuition musical training to students throughout Paterson after school. Students study a primary instrument (violin, cello, viola, bass, clarinet, flute, trumpet, or percussion) and participate in ensemble practice and instrumental sectionals. Students perform frequently for the school and community. PMP also offers a Saturday Community Music Program which includes a city-wide orchestra, intergenerational choir, and an Afro-Fusion percussion ensemble. PMP now serves almost 300 students in grades 1-8 from five Paterson Public Schools including the Community Charter School of Paterson, School 1, School 26, School 15, and Norman S. Weir Elementary School. For more information, visit patersonmusicproject.org.

Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts is located in Berkeley Heights, New Providence and Paterson, NJ and reaches students from 13 counties. All of WIPA’s extraordinary faculty members and conductors hold degrees in their teaching specialty and have been vetted and trained to enable our students to achieve their personal best.